FINALISTS
Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
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Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
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Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Kit Yan Kit Yan
Kit Yan
Kit Yan
STORYTELLER, CITYWIDE
Interstatemusical.com
TRANSFORMING THE STAGES OF NEW YORK TO SHARE STORIES FROM TRANSGENDER AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR (LGBTQ POC)

Kit Yan and Melissa Li want to bring vibrant nontraditional voices to Broadway with their musical Interstate, a coming-of-age story about Queer and Trans Asian-American experiences. The musical, developed in NYC over 8 years, opened in Minneapolis to packed audiences and rave reviews. This underdog show wants to return home to New York and open on Broadway, empowering an important community of New Yorkers who deserve to be seen and heard.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Cielo Villa Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
Cielo Villa
ENTREPRENEUR, QUEENS
Instagram.com/road_to_uni | Facebook.com/roadtouni/
REDEFINING COLLEGE GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG NEW YORKERS WHO ARE FIRST GENERATION, UNDOCUMENTED, AND / OR LACK CRITICAL RESOURCES

Cielo wants to ensure all marginalized NYC students can realize their college dreams — not just a lucky few with top test scores or leadership roles. Cielo is building an online resource called Road to Uni that will act as a supercharged, hyper-accessible college advisor, open to all and offering a gamified roadmap with quick informational videos, live support, and actionable resources to navigate the overwhelming college admissions process.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Nelson Luna Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
Nelson Luna
ACTIVIST, BRONX
Teenstakecharge.com
USING MEDIA AND STUDENT ORGANIZING TO PUSH NEW YORK TOWARD A MORE INTEGRATED, EQUITABLE EDUCATION FUTURE
Nelson is a product of New York City’s public school system who now attends Columbia University. At 16, Nelson, along with fellow students, launched Teens Take Charge, a student activist group. His plan is to push New York to become a leader in providing integrated, equitable, quality education to every student — regardless of their status or zip code.
Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Robert Gore Robert Gore
Robert Gore
Robert Gore
DOCTOR, BROOKLYN
Kavibrooklyn.org | Instagram.com/siriema22
BRINGING TRAUMA-INFORMED METHODOLOGIES TO FRONTLINE CARE IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR ALL NEW YORKERS

Robert Gore is an emergency physician and founder of the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI). Drawing from 7+ years of experience, Robert hopes to reach all NYC frontline workers — police officers, healthcare workers, educators, firefighters — with a new virtual training program in holistic care and trauma-informed response. Robert envisions a New York where providers and recipients of care have the tools to transform trauma, leading to better physical and mental health outcomes.

Suzette Brown Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
Suzette Brown
DOCTOR, QUEENS
Strongchildrenwellness.com
INTEGRATING BEST-IN-CLASS PEDIATRIC CARE WITHIN TRUSTED SOCIAL SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS AND ALIGNING PAYMENTS TO HEALTH OUTCOMES

Suzette is a pediatrician seeking to transform the way healthcare is delivered in NYC’s marginalized communities by using a ‘reverse integration’ model of care. After working with a single mom of seven who had become homeless after fleeing domestic violence, Suzette was inspired to collaborate within the fragmented social service / mental health system to more holistically support families. The Strong Children Wellness model embeds pediatric clinics within existing community-based social service and mental health organizations so that a comprehensive team — not just doctors — can fully address the needs of children and families. Strong Children Wellness plans to pilot a value-based payment system for pediatric care that is tied to improved health and well-being outcomes.

Michael Lopez Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
Michael Lopez
CATHOLIC PRIEST, QUEENS
Monkworx.org
BUILDING A FAITH-BASED BLUEPRINT TO ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY AND PROVIDE TEMPORARY SHELTER

Father Michael Lopez is a Catholic priest and the creator of Hungry Monks, a mobile food pantry based in Ridgewood that exponentially increased service during the coronavirus pandemic. (If you’d asked 8-year-old Mike what kind of priest he would want to be, his answer probably would have been simply “a good one.”) Michael has transformed his church basement into a shelter — using a monastery model — and is creating a roadmap for other faith-based institutions to follow suit.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Edafe Okporo Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
Edafe Okporo
ACTIVIST, MANHATTAN
Rdjrefugeeshelter.org
BRINGING HUMANITY TO HOMELESSNESS IN A SHELTER THAT PRIORITIZES COMMUNITY AND HEALING FOR REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS

Edafe is striving to end street homelessness through partnerships with faith institutions and with targeted advocacy. The RDJ Refugee Shelter is more than a shelter; it’s a space where asylum-seekers and immigrants can access community and start to rebuild their lives. There are currently 83,000 people looking for housing in NYC, and Edafe’s mission is to ensure every New Yorker can transition with dignity to safe housing.

Maria Guadalupe Martinez Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
Maria Guadalupe Martinez
EDUCATOR, MANHATTAN
Creany.org
EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT PARENTS TO WORK TOWARDS THEIR AMERICAN DREAMS AND SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT

While serving as a PTA member at her children’s school, Maria developed a plan to help immigrant women gain access to education in the USA. This vision became Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos (CREA), a space in East Harlem offering adult literacy and education to parents across the five boroughs. The program currently serves 170+ people. More than an education platform, CREA equips parents with skills to become active participants in and advocates for their children’s growth.

Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.
 
Laundromat Owner and Visionary Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
Laundromat Owner and Visionary
ENTREPRENEUR, BROOKLYN
UTILIZING A LOCAL LAUNDROMAT AS A HUB FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
This Brooklynite is using her laundromat business to empower domestic violence victims, offering free wash-and-folds, clothing drives, and job training. Her initiative creates a roadmap for transforming other everyday New York storefronts into incubators of social change.